HTC has announced plans to create a supercomputer which will harness the collective processing power of Android smartphones to tackle some of society’s biggest problems.
HTC said the computer could play a role in searching for cures for diseases such as cancer and AIDS.
The initiative, called HTC Power To Give, is currently in Beta. It aims to galvanise smartphone owners to unlock their unused processing power to offer tangible support for vital fields of research, including medicine, science and ecology. HTC Power To Give has been developed in partnership with Dr. David Anderson of the University of California, Berkeley.
A statement from HTC announcing the project said: ‘One million HTC One smartphones, working towards a project via HTC Power To Give, could provide similar processing power to that of one of the world’s 30 supercomputers (one PetaFLOP).
‘This could drastically shorten the research cycles for organizations that would otherwise have to spend years analysing the same volume of data, potentially bringing forward important discoveries in vital subjects by weeks, months, years or even decades.
‘For example, one of the programs available at launch is IBM's World Community Grid, which gives anyone an opportunity to advance science by donating their computer, smartphone or tablet's unused computing power to humanitarian research. To date, the World Community Grid volunteers have contributed almost 900,000 years' worth of processing time to cutting-edge research.’
Cher Wang, Chairwoman, HTC, (pictured) said: 'We’ve often used innovation to bring about change in the mobile industry, but this programme takes our vision one step further. With HTC Power To Give, we want to make it possible for anyone to dedicate their unused smartphone processing power to contribute to projects that have the potential to change the world.'